Lounge in your pajamas and forget the takeout – these lazy-day meals can all be made in under 20 minutes.
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The presents are unwrapped, the splendid spreads have been prepared and devoured, and your house is probably in disarray. It's the perfect time to sprawl out on the couch, and the last thing you probably want to do is prepare another complex meal.

When you're doing your holiday grocery shopping, stock up on a few staples to whip up one of these delicious and satisfying meals on Christmas Day. The best part? These picks are all ready in less than 20 minutes.

1) Mongolian Beef

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A classic Asian-inspired dish that's often is packed with sodium at takeout restaurants, this lightened-up version calls for a mixture of a few flavors you have lying in your cupboard and a few minutes in a hot pan. 20 minutes later, you can serve the piping hot beef over a bed of noodles or instant rice and feel good that dinner is on the table.

2) Shortcut Risotto with Brussels Sprouts

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Precooked brown rice lives a second life as fast risotto thanks to a flour-thickened mixture of milk and chicken stock, boosted with a touch of cream cheese for extra richness.

3) Steak Tips With Peppered Mushroom Gravy

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A fresh sprig of thyme saves you the time of actually having to prepare diced herbs to simmer in a stew, and it delivers a jolt of flavor to this savory gravy in just a few minutes.

4) Chicken Potpie Tartines

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We're betting you might already have all of the ingredients to make these as leftovers in your fridge – it's the easiest and fastest way to make a new meal out of holiday dinner leftovers.

5) Creamy Linguine with Peas, Carrots, and Prosciutto

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The microwave technique we use for the prosciutto crisps it beautifully in less than 2 minutes, with less cleanup than stovetop or oven methods.

6) Egg-in-a-Nest BLT Sandwiches

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Craving breakfast for dinner?  The recipe combines some of our favorite things: It's a delicious mash-up of egg-in-a-hole, avocado toast, and a classic BLT. And it's ready in just 20 minutes flat.

7) Waffle Iron Turkey Melt Panini

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Break out that waffle iron one more time during the holiday season – but not for breakfast. You get all the makings of a delicious panini, without any of the extra work.

8) Chicken Potpie Skillet Pizza

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Have leftover pastry dough from your holiday party? This comforting dish comes together with just a few ingredients and your hot skillet.

9) Bacon and Egg Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Arugula

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This super simple take on a refined breakfast sandwich makes use of sweet, tender caramelized onions and sharp, crisp arugula.

10) Granola Cups with Yogurt and Berries

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Looking for a light breakfast that is assembled in just 13 minutes? These granola cups are a refreshing change of pace from the heavier holiday food from the last few days.

11) Avo-Tahini Toast

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An alternative to a classic avocado toast, this 4-minute recipe makes for a filling breakfast or snack, and they're loaded with protein to help you stay fuller, longer. 

12) Corn Muffins with Prosciutto, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese

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While we're cheating a little bit with this one – you'll need 20 mins to prep, but a little more time in the oven to perfectly cook – these muffins are worth it. Salty, umami-packed prosciutto and creamy, tangy goat cheese lend loads of flavor to the tender corn muffin base.